I’ve played it for a few hours since you recommended it here. I actually like it for drastically different reasons; T42’s systems are actually a bit weak and inconsistent but its aesthetic and world are pretty down my alley, though there’s a bit early on where a dude that looks a little too much like Milo Yiannopolus says “pop go the loitering weasels” after I sniped a black dude on a basketball court, which was not exactly comfortable, even if death in this universe doesn’t mean much. At least there’s a cool black lady you work closely with later on, but that was still a whack moment.
Regardless, T42 & Heat Signature differ the way Dishonored: DotO & Hitman respectively differ for me. The former doesn’t really hook me through sheer mechanics but puts me in an engaging world with decent narrative motivation I wanna put a chunk of linear hours into, the latter I put far more repetitive hours into for its mechanical loop without much (if any) care for its world or characters. I mean, Heat Sig is less problematic and more charming than Hitman with what little writing it does have, but I digress.
christ I like this awkwardly named genre a bit too much, huh. meanwhile i have no recommends for RTS’ like everyone else does unless you count Star Fox 2 as that genre.